Trauma teddies handcrafted to comfort kids in Moray

L-R: Democratic Services Manager, Moira Patrick; Committee Services Officer, Caroline Howie; Chief Inspector, Maggie Miller, and Committee Services Officer, Lissa Rowan with the trauma teddies
L-R: Democratic Services Manager, Moira Patrick; Committee Services Officer, Caroline Howie; Chief Inspector, Maggie Miller, and Committee Services Officer, Lissa Rowan with the trauma teddies

Trauma teddies that will be used to comfort young victims or witnesses of crime have been knitted by Moray Council staff.

They will be used by Police Scotland as part of a nationwide campaign to provide some comfort to distressed children if they have witnessed, or been involved, in an incident.

Staff in Moray Council’s committee services team – Moira Patrick, Caroline Howie and Lissa Rowan – have made 23 bears since August.

Ms Rowan said: “We got the pattern, went into the wool shop and got started.

“It’s nice that they’re going to kids that need them – and it’s good for us as it stops us snacking at night.”

Ms Howie enjoyed the challenge of crafting the teddies.

She said: “Sewing the faces on was probably the hardest part, that and trying to decide on colour combinations.

“We all feel it’s a very worthwhile cause and we’re happy to support this initiative.”

Chief Inspector Maggie Miller thanked the team for their efforts.

She said: “These trauma teddies will accompany police offers on patrol so can be given to young people in the immediate aftermath of any distressing situation. They’re an invaluable way of breaking down communication barriers between officers and children, and bring comfort at a time when it’s much needed.

“We’re really grateful for the donation of these trauma teddies and would like to say a big thank you for the time and care taken to craft these for our young children in Moray.”

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